I nearly had a heart attack last night. Benjamin and Pristine was playing, Ben in his walker chasing his older sister Pristine running around. Out of the blue, a wooden panel about 6 feet long, 1 feet wide that had been rested standing in our wall secured by a heavy coffee table we were not using peeled away from the wall and started falling down towards the direction of the baby.
We do the basic, logical things when it comes to babies and hazards but obviously, our house is not 100% baby proof. We left out that wooden panel because it was always there and frankly, we totally forgot about it. A big negligence on our part.
I was sitting nearby, watching the horror. I screamed as I saw the wooden panel falling, slowly because of the coffee table in front of it but it was going towards where baby Ben was. I kept on screaming and my aunt who was standing nearby was able to hold the panel slowing down the fall but she lost her grip.
The wooden panel missed baby Ben’s head by a few millimeters. Had not Pristine pushed his walker away, the worst could have happened and I will never ever forgive myself.
Baby Ben wasn’t hurt at all but he cried because he was so shaken by our screams.
As for me – I don’t know what came over me. I saw the panel slowly falling down towards my son and I didn’t do anything but scream. I could’ve ran towards it to stop it or I could’ve taken the baby away from the danger zone but I was just there, FROZEN. My 8 year old daughter did better than me. She saved her brother. I was a useless mom.
Have you been in a situation where you just froze instead of doing something useful?